<< Hear, Believe, Live

Hear, Believe, Live - September 29, 2016

  • 2016 Sep 29

My Formula for Forgiveness Didn’t Work

hear it plus 10.png



“Their sins and lawless acts I will remember no more. And where these have been forgiven, sacrifice for sin is no longer necessary” (Hebrews 10:17-18).

believe it plus 10.png



I received Christ when I was twelve. For the next eight years, my thoughts about God and Christianity and faith in Jesus were all directed toward finding answers to two questions:

How do I stop sinning?

What am I supposed to do when I sin?

Since I couldn’t stop sinning, the second question concerned me the most. I believed I was supposed to confess, repent, and then ask God to forgive me. And, IF I really meant it, God would forgive my sin. But I was never sure that He had. My formula for forgiveness didn’t work.

A pattern developed in my life. The patterns always started with a sin. The sin caused guilt and an intense fear of punishment. Out of this fear of punishment, I pleaded with God for forgiveness and promised him I would do better. And then the next sin came. I would go through the same process all over again, but I never felt forgiven. My formula for forgiveness didn’t ease the guilt or cast away the fear.

Soon I wondered if I was even saved. So I added to the formula. Confess, repent, ask God for forgiveness, and ask him to come back into my life. It was like my heart was a revolving door.

I was desperate to know God’s forgiveness. But with all my begging, pleading and promising, I never felt forgiven. Back in those days, I was desperately trying to earn something that had already been given to me by grace. I had already received the gift of forgiveness the day I believed on Jesus’ name.

The same is true of you.

live it plus 10.png



Have you ever thought that God would one day unleash all his anger on you? Have you ever looked deep inside and recognized fear as the driving force in your life? Consider this: fear turns grace into a reward. Ask God to reveal the truth of Hebrews 10: 17, 18 into your heart.

In Him,


Bob Christopher

For more information, please visit Basic Gospel at BasicGospel.netOnePlace.com, and LightSource.com

Experience God's perfect peace through prayer! 

Anxiety has become an epidemic in our culture. But God wants to free you from anxiety to experience His perfect peace through prayer.

Our new CD, 'Prayer that Matters' shows you how you can break free from worry and anxiety and experience the perfect peace Jesus offers.

This encouraging resource is our gift to thank you for your donation to help more people hear, believe, and live the good news of Jesus Christ. Request your copy!

More Hear, Believe, Live Articles

Follow Crosswalk.com